Reef Aquarium Lighting: Color Temperature Experiment Continued

  Reef Aquarium Lighting: Color Temperature Experiment Continued     A continuation of the reef aquarium lighting experiment detailed in the last thread: The color temperature of aquarium lighting is sometimes described in relative terms of ‘warm’ vs. ‘cool’.  Lamps that appear to be subjectively more red or orange are considered to be warmer color temperatures, while lamps that produce …

Reef Aquarium Lighting: An Experiment in Color Temperature

Reef Aquarium Lighting–An Introduction to the Experiment Over the next several blog posts, I’m going to explore the topic of reef aquarium lighting.  For many reef aquarium hobbyists, lighting will be one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in their system.  Lighting is expensive to purchase and to run on a daily basis.  For photosynthetic invertebrates in your tank …

Rotifer Culturing at Home: Continous Cultures

Rotifer Culturing at Home: Continuous Culture Set-Up and Protocol Growing rotifers as a continuous culture is easy to do, but requires a small amount of work, almost every day. Unlike batch culturing, where the goal is to culture the most rotifers possible in sequential batches, the goal of continuous rotifer culturing is to create a long-lasting, stable, low-density culture.  To …

How to Culture Rotifers: Batch Culturing Protocol

Culturing rotifers at home is fairly easy to do.  Rotifers are a great food source for newly hatched fish larvae and for some filter feeding invertebrates.  Ironically, the rotifers organism itself provides very little nutritional value to the animals that eat them. It is the content of their guts (the food they eat) that provides the nutrition.  As such, it …

Rotifer Batch Cultures

Rotifer Batch Cultures Culturing rotifers with a batch culture technique is akin to a manufacturing process.  Instead of focusing on creating a stable environment to keep a relatively low-density culture thriving over a long period of time, the objective of a batch-produced culture is to maximize the yield of the culture over a short period of time.  With a batch …

Rotifer Cultures: Continuous Rotifer Culture and Production

Rotifer Cultures: Continuous Rotifer Culture and Production There are two popular methods of culturing rotifers—continuous culturing and batch culturing.  Each method has its own pros and cons, but the next two posts should help you decide which method is right for you.  The focus of this article is to describe the process of continuously culturing rotifers and identify some of …

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Equipment Needed to Culture Saltwater Rotifers

The first step to culturing saltwater rotifers at home is to obtain a starter culture.  If you can’t find a hobbyist (or breeder) growing rotifers locally, you can find them online—just type ‘rotifer cultures’ or ‘live rotifers’ into the GOOGLE search bar on the bottom left margin of this page, and you’ll find a number of listings.  The advantage of buying …